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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Positive change 1 comment

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Today I really appreciated seeing Consuela (an ACECEN facilitator we met on Monday) in her natural environment. We first visited her at her school and then travelled to one of the schools she is in contact with through her role as facilitator. At her school we were once again impressed with Nicaraguan hospitality as we were welcomed into the classrooms.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Appreciation 0 comments

The group spent a lot of time split into small groups today.  The day started by dividing into small groups to discuss worldview, leadership, and special education with the ACECEN facilitators.  After lunch we visited NCA Nejapa to participate in their English program (some of us judged an English music contest while others led a fourth grade class).  We also had the opportunity to either visit a nearby special education school or a blacksmith shop that trains youth in trades.  We ended the day by cooking with our kitchen staff and then enjoyed a time of great discussion and reflection.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Common ground 0 comments

It’s easy, on a cultural exchange such as this, to focus on the differences that separate us.  It’s easy to enter into this Nicaraguan culture and point out what divides us, what common ground we don’t have.  As travelers, we can have the tendency to bounce between feeling sorry for the ‘poor Nicaraguans’ or gush over the amazing beauty we find here.

As we’ve interacted with various schools and teachers, the things that I’ve found the most thought provoking are the stories we share.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Honoured 2 comments

Today was amazing. It began with a hearty breakfast of rice and beans, scrambled eggs, toast, pineapple, papaya, and watermelon. We then headed to Pablo’s church where we were greeted with wide smiles and given front row seats next to the air conditioner, the only seats with cushions I might add. Before the service began, we were introduced to the rest of the congregation and welcomed as brothers and sisters in Christ. The service itself began with loud singing and dancing. I would love to say that I participated in the singing, but to be honest I was more mesmerized by the dancers and the grace with which they moved across the floor. It was a work of art! Following the offering and more singing, the pastor preached a message of which I know little about. Based on the verses referenced, he spoke about unity within the church. We were there for the first two hours of the service before excusing ourselves. Though the service wasn’t quite over, the pastor graciously stopped preaching and came down from the pulpit to say good-bye along with a handful of other church members. The whole experience can be summed up in one word: honour. I felt honoured to be there.

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